Every day, every single freaking day, I receive between four and eight emails from people eager to share with me their expert opinions about marketing my book. Go ahead, Google it. Type in–How to market your book. Bookmark this post first so that, ten years from now, when you’ve finished reading all the helpful information, you can click your way back here.
When I was a kid my mom would shake her head at me and say, “Well, Pamela, as usual, you’re as happy as if you had good sense.”
Little did I know this really meant, “Well, Pamela, the best thing for you to do is to grow up to be a writer.”
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pen taught a workshop at the Newton County, Arkansas library yesterday. We had the BEST time. I taught at Maison on Main, a beautiful little B&B in Fayette, Missouri two weekends ago. A couple of weekends before that I was standing in front of group of brilliant writers in St. Louis at Saturday Writers. In each of those cases, I enjoyed every minute of the day. Every minute.
Yesterday in beautiful Jasper, Arkansas a lovely woman asked me, “Do you write for money or do you write to share your words with others?”
I laughed until I cried. Then I picked myself up and laughed some more. Luckily I was sitting next to Linda Apple at the time and she was gracious and concise enough to reply for me, “There’s not generally a lot of money in writing, but we love what we do.”
If one of my books hit the jackpot and all those old, now long fuzzy, dreams came true. If you saw me on Jon Stewart and Good Morning America and my books were on book shelves all over the world and I had to hire people to manage my money because I had just too darn much of the stuff. If all that happened.
I’d do exactly what I’m doing now.
I’d write everyday.
I’d travel around and share my experiences with other people. I’d listen to the wonderful folks who come out to hear me and who stay to share a little bit of themselves. I’d donate a little to charity.
(For more on this see my other blog woundedwarriorwife.wordpress.com/.
So, if you want to be writer or already are a writer struggling to market your books, my free and expert advice to you is this:
Develop and nourish within yourself the childlike ability to be as happy as if you had good sense.